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Monday, July 26, 2010

Love is a Roller Coaster

Okay, okay, enough with the cheese. I'm just talking about what you do to connect with your spouse. Your favorite dates.

When Hubs and I don't make time to spend alone together, we start getting really cranky with each other.  The little things start to get on our nerves and it can seem like we don't like each other. So, it's important for us to make that time to get away together.

Hubs and I have always been a fan of roller coasters. We have gone on dates to different amusements parks. There's something about the adrenaline rush of exciting rides mixed with the lines where there's nothing else to do but talk that makes for a perfect date.

I think our first amusement park date was to Kennywood in Pittsburgh back when we were first engaged, about 8 years ago. We snuck away for a weekend at Busch Gardens for Hubs's birthday over 8 years ago. We stopped at Islands of Adventure on our way home from our honeymoon 7 years ago. Three years ago, we went to Cedar Point(my favorite amusement park, at not counting Disney with the kids) to celebrate my 30th birthday. And then, last weekend, we went to Kings Dominion to celebrate my 33rd birthday. Btw, I looked online for coupon codes before we went and we got our tickets for less than half of the regular admission rate.

I'm not counting the amusement parks that we have taken the kids to. While those are fun in their own way, we are too busy counting heads and keeping up with the kids to enjoy each other's company.

But, when we can get away alone, we get to have fun together. Remember what we like about each other.

We wait in lines and talk. There's nothing else to do in those lines anyway. Sometimes we tell stories from the last time we were at an amusement park, reminiscing about long ago- the time before kids. Or times we went as kids. Or we start planning our next trip. Or our excitement about what else we want to do in the park. Or yes, this is mean we talk about other people in line with us, trying to make the other laugh with snarky comments.  We don't talk about the boring day-to-day stuff. We get to know each other again.

And getting to ride roller coasters, eat fun park food, go on water rides: it all makes us feel like kids again. Like kids in love.

It's good for our marriage to have a day filled with both excitement and relaxation.

What is your favorite date activity with your spouse?

Wonder Woman Wannabe does a Re-ignite Date Night Series on Fridays. She's bloggged 47 different date activities, if you are looking for some ideas!

Btw, my laptop is off hopefully being fixed today. *Fingers Crossed* I hope to be back around on blogs like normal tomorrow.



Blogger Sorta Southern Single Mom said...

This must be the difference between a married date and a single date... a married date is something you look forward to...the idea of a date now traumatizes me! :)

July 26, 2010 at 7:22 AM  
Blogger Oka said...

you have things all figured out, don't you? :D

July 26, 2010 at 7:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love amusement parks too - just haven't been to a non-kid one... well, since before the kids!

It is great to get some date nights - and a whole day at an amusement park is a great way to reconnect, you are right you have no other choice in those lines LOL

July 26, 2010 at 7:43 AM  
Blogger Sugar Bear said...

Hubby wants to spend his birthday at an amusement park without the boys. I'm looking forward to it as well.

When we have date nights we like to go window shopping, talk about possible future vacations...we'll eat, get scratch off lotto tickets.

We haven't had a date in a few months...it's time.

July 26, 2010 at 7:54 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I love amusement parks. We visit one at least once a year. We're hoping to go to Great Adventure before the summer is out. We took our daughter to Sesame Place this week and it was fun to go as a family, but not as fun as a date activity.

Grabbing your button

July 26, 2010 at 7:57 AM  
Blogger Secret Mom Thoughts said...

An amusement park would be a great date. I haven't been in years without the kids. We may have to go soon.

July 26, 2010 at 8:07 AM  
Blogger ♥ Brittany Ciara ♥ said...

Well since I don't have a spouse, I can't really tell you my favorite things...

but it looks like you have a great plan here! :P

July 26, 2010 at 8:18 AM  
Blogger Liz said...

Just getting out of the house and being able to talk is all that I want! I'm not picky. :)

July 26, 2010 at 8:29 AM  
Blogger Evonne said...

My husband and I love amusement parks! Very rarely do we go to one without the kids, but when we take our annual trip to Kennywood with a bunch of family, we at least get in a few rides together. It's so much fun!

July 26, 2010 at 8:30 AM  
Blogger Di said...

My favorite date ever with the hubby was when we went to the fair for my birthday. He even got me to go on the ferris wheel with him even though I HATE ferris wheels. I'm a little sad we won't be able to do many rides at the fair this year since I'll be 7 months along by then. We're definitely going to go eat all the fair food though and catch a concert.

July 26, 2010 at 8:50 AM  
Blogger Sarah said...

I love going on dates with the hubby! They usually involve going out for ice cream at some point.... Usually we're pretty laid back on our dates -- we save all the amazing ones for when we travel! My favorite date was last summer when we bought candy from a local vendor and ate it on the beach as we watched the sun set over the Baltic Sea. (Who knew Poland could be so romantic?)

July 26, 2010 at 8:51 AM  
Blogger Kmama said...

I love amusement parks as well, and yes, Cedar Point is our favorite too!! We try to go once a year, or every two years at the least.

July 26, 2010 at 8:53 AM  
Blogger Jessica said...

Thanks for the excellent reminder!

July 26, 2010 at 8:58 AM  
Blogger Goodnight moon said...

I think it is a MUST to get away with your hubs without the little chickens around. I just need to take my own advice now. That is awesome that you got to do that together!!!!!

I bet it made you feel young like a kid again...remember all those teenagers that stand in the line, kissing and being silly...I bet that was what you and your hubs looked like! Super sweet!

July 26, 2010 at 9:03 AM  
Blogger Venassa said...

You have a great idea there. That would be tons of fun and great way to bond. Never really thought of it that way.

July 26, 2010 at 9:12 AM  
Blogger Heather said...

It is too funny that you just wrote this. I was telling The Coach just yesterday that the two of us needed to go to an amusement park without the kids!

July 26, 2010 at 9:14 AM  
Blogger Non Sequitur Chica said...

I don't have kids yet, but my husband and I usually go out to dinner for a date night. :-) We also try to take walks during the week or go hiking/kayaking on the weekends.

July 26, 2010 at 9:24 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

See Angel don't do amusement parks cause Angel is not a ride taker lol.. Not unless the people behidn me want to revisit my lunch and every meal for the last week before it . I can't even do like flume rides, yeah my tummy and I have na agreement lol. but I think it is great this is how ya'll reconnect.

July 26, 2010 at 9:25 AM  
Blogger MommyLovesStilettos said...

We are thinking about going to Six Flags this weekend :) We love to have fun together too :)

July 26, 2010 at 9:31 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

What a great date idea! We love to go out grab a bite to eat, get a drink someplace and just talk. It is simple, but something I so look forward to.

July 26, 2010 at 10:07 AM  
Blogger Jenn said...

It sounds like y'all are just like my husband and me. We definitely get cranky when we don't make time for each other!

Fav date? We love a good happy hour ... 1/2 price appetizers and a nice glass of wine. Although, these days we usually take our HH on the back porch ...

July 26, 2010 at 10:09 AM  
Blogger Jenn said...

It sounds like y'all are just like my husband and me. We definitely get cranky when we don't make time for each other!

Fav date? We love a good happy hour ... 1/2 price appetizers and a nice glass of wine. Although, these days we usually take our HH on the back porch ...

July 26, 2010 at 10:09 AM  
Blogger Hutch said...

I love the idea of amusement parks!! As one of the few single folks around here I don't think my relationships stand up to the test of marriage, but I can understand how getting away like this is a necessity. And I'm always a big fan of people watching!

July 26, 2010 at 10:41 AM  
Blogger Your mom said...

First off Matt and I are "home date" pros! In terms of "going out" our favorite day was going to an auction (how weird is that). What we really love to do and what we do consistently is recreate together (not to be confused with procreating which we also enjoy!). We road bike, hike, rock climb, P90X ... being active is our favorite date (but we'd love roller coasters too if there was one near us. Closest thing we get is a carnival!).

Did some link loving on you today :)

July 26, 2010 at 11:05 AM  
Blogger Eternal Lizdom said...

We typically do dinner and a movie or maybe hit a local community theatre for a play. That's our old scene, how we met, so we usually know someone involved, too.

This weekend, we are taking the kids to his parents and spending the DAY at the art museum!! A nice, relaxing lunch and a day at the museum. Then we get the kids, have dinner with the 'rents, and back home for bedtime. We always focus on bedtime for date time... so I'm excited for an afternoon with my husband!

July 26, 2010 at 11:16 AM  
Blogger Kristin said...

We just had a date night where just about everything went wrong!

If all else fails, dinner and a movie works for us.

July 26, 2010 at 11:21 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Neither hubs nor I are roller coaster people. He's terrified of heights, and the wheelchair is a fantastic excuse for me so I don't have to fess up to my fear of heights either. lol :)

My favorite date nights are when we go to museums or aquariums, things like that.

July 26, 2010 at 11:25 AM  
Blogger Melissa said...

I consider a date something we do without Hayden - just Randy and I. We do "double dates" with other couples in which we go out to dinner. Randy and I also go out to dinner just the two of us twice a year - for our engagement anniversary and for our wedding anniversary. Another we like to do that maybe not be a "real date," but works for us is to watch a tv show together at night after we put Hayden to bed - it's an easy way to spend a bit of time together...

July 26, 2010 at 11:35 AM  
Blogger Sara said...

I'm sorry, the plumber turned off my water and then left in search of parts. So all I can do is sit here thinking about using the bathroom.

With that logic, the couple that "goes" together, stays together.

July 26, 2010 at 11:35 AM  
Blogger Andrea said...

My husband talks about Cedar Point all the time. I am a wimp when it comes to amusement park rides. We are headed for Disney World this fall though!

July 26, 2010 at 11:38 AM  
Blogger Ian said...

Don't go on many dates aside from my birthday - her birthday - our anniversary and maybe one other day through the year. Usually movies and a restaurant, the type we can't take our son to is our favorite.

July 26, 2010 at 11:50 AM  
Blogger Yankee Girl said...

When my husband and I need some time alone together, we have a mini-golf tournament. We go to every mini-golf course we can find (there are 6 that we often go to) in one day. THe winner of the tournament gets to pick the place for dinner.

July 26, 2010 at 11:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We love to go out to dinner and maybe a movie after. It is so important to have that one on one time with your spouse. Great post girl!

July 26, 2010 at 12:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We don't live near any amusement parks that are within a four-hour round trip. We are, however, living in the Finger Lakes wine country. I love to go to a winery, sit and have a glass of wine, and just talk without any interruptions. Not very exciting, but with my husband working out-of-state, it's amazing how much I miss just talking to him.

July 26, 2010 at 12:34 PM  
Blogger Joy said...

been to Kennywood before when I was alot younger. It was a ton of fun we rode what was at that time the fastest roller coaster I think it was called something like steel dragon maybe it was the funnest and scariest I had ever rode.

We are off to Disney in November can't wait to get my son on some great rides since he will be big enough for all of them!

July 26, 2010 at 12:46 PM  
Blogger Cristy said...

This post really hit home for me! I recently made a HUGE decision in my life to go from being a lawyer (who was going to take her bar tomorrow) to becoming a teacher. Part of the reason for this is because I hadn't been to the park with my husband in months (our favorite activity together). It's important to balance things in life and have your favorite moments together. Being cranky is NEVER fun!! Well...sometimes the make up time after being cranky is fun. ; )

July 26, 2010 at 1:00 PM  
Blogger Tina L. Hook said...

The Hubs and I love the great outdoors. Going for a beautiful bike ride or hike makes us very happy. Sometimes we do something crazy, like a zipline or a sailboat.

Doing anything that makes you feel new and alive - those are the most romantic.

July 26, 2010 at 1:26 PM  
Blogger Emmy said...

Oh I love Cedar point, it is the best park for sure. I too like doing things more than just dinner and a movie. We have gone mini- golfing, go-karting, gone to football and basketball games, things that are not the norm are so fun.

July 26, 2010 at 1:58 PM  
Blogger Jen said...

What a great idea for a date. Jeff and I could really use a good, fun night out. :)

July 26, 2010 at 1:59 PM  
Blogger Debby@Just Breathe said...

My husband doesn't do roller coasters or amusement parks :(
I guess that dinner and a movie is a great date for us. Also when we are on vacation in the cabin in the woods, playing scrabble each night is awesome.

July 26, 2010 at 2:16 PM  
Blogger Tractor Mom said...

Hubby and I have got to do a date night soon! We're getting on each others nerves! Thanks for the reminder!


July 26, 2010 at 2:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We rarely get a date night and when we do, all we do is talk about our daughter :-) Before we had her we used to like going down to the pier on Saturday nights and watch the fireworks. I've been hoping we can do that this weekend, if I can find a sitter.

July 26, 2010 at 2:49 PM  
Blogger Joann Mannix said...

What a cool way to spend time together! My kids are bigger and so the time together gets easier and easier to find. We like to sit on the back patio and watch the sunset with a glass of wine. It's easy and quiet and a great way to catch up. Good luck with the laptop!

July 26, 2010 at 3:05 PM  
Blogger Danielle said...

Well we're still a young couple but we've been living together for a year and the crank definitely comes into play more often than it should. When I can't take anymore of him or he can't take anymore of me, we dance. I know that sounds lame but I'll youtube some ridiculous song (one of our faves was 'love machine') or turn the tv station of radio on and shimmy around the room.

We do this in the car too,, more often than any rational set of adults should

July 26, 2010 at 3:19 PM  
Blogger Kir said...

that's awesome (and I just watched Parenthood yesterday and I love the story the grandma tells about the "rollercoaster")
I know that even a couple of hours away can make a world of difference,

John and I really love going to the movies, we love the previews and talking about what we'll see next..anticipating the movie and then talking about it after. Plus we can hold hands in the dark and remember what it was like before we had kids between us all the time.


July 26, 2010 at 3:23 PM  
Blogger jen said...

my hubby and i love to go country dancing (ok, maybe i love it and he just goes along). something about dancing in his arms makes me fall in love all over.

thanks for the reminder because he is totally on my nerves at the moment :)

July 26, 2010 at 3:28 PM  
Blogger Angelia said...

Hubs and I just talked about this! We've only been married 4 years, so are still figuring out some of these things. We took a long drive with the top down, ended up hitting the casino for a bit and then slowly made our way home. A whole day full of each other. It was great! We definatly feel better. It's so hard to find time away from the kids and stresses.

July 26, 2010 at 3:51 PM  
Blogger Grand Pooba said...

Oh man, I LOVE roller coasters and amusement parks. My Ex-spouse despised them!


July 26, 2010 at 3:52 PM  
Blogger Jessica {Team Rasler} said...

Brilliant idea for a date! We snuck away for 2 hours yesterday...to Costco. Sigh. Dates are less impressive with a 2 yr old and a 2 wk old, but we did have ice cream after shopping...and I'm going to suggest an amusement park date for when I'm no longer nursing every 3 hours!!

July 26, 2010 at 4:24 PM  
Blogger Heidi said...

Thanks for the link, Shell!

I agree, regular dates keep things a lot more friendly around our house! :)

My favorite date/s allow for getting gussied up a little bit!

Dancing or out to a theater production are my ultimate faves!

July 26, 2010 at 4:26 PM  
Blogger Kearsie said...

Me and my Hubs are big movie buffs. But now we live in a new town where we know nary a soul. Which means no babysitters.

So lately, we crawl into bed and watch a movie on our computer. It's no AMC theater, but there's no one around to stare at us if we make out and I can walk around in my undies.

If only I had some Twizzlers.

July 26, 2010 at 4:34 PM  
Blogger One Photo said...

You are absolutely right, without that one on one time you get cranky with one another I think because communication, just talking and having a good time together is so necessary to remembering what is important and what is not. So good for you, I think you have it figured out. Something we are working on but I am hoping we might finally have a solution.

July 26, 2010 at 4:46 PM  
Blogger mypixieblog said...

I think it's so wonderful you both make it a point to go on these kinds of dates together. It's clearly something you both enjoy and it allows you to reconnect again. Awwwww, very sweet :)

July 26, 2010 at 4:46 PM  
Blogger KLZ said...

I can't get the Red Hot Chili Peppers out of my head now.

Your love is like a roller coaster, baby, baby...

July 26, 2010 at 4:55 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

May sound boring but I love just riding with Britt. We seem to talk more when riding around than any other time.

I hate...am scared of roller coasters!

July 26, 2010 at 5:37 PM  
Blogger shortmama said...

These days any time with hubs is good time!

July 26, 2010 at 5:39 PM  
Blogger Liz Mays said...

Before we had kids, we did that kind of thing more often, but after kids we were guilty of not doing anything without the kids. Big mistake!

July 26, 2010 at 5:54 PM  
Blogger Lourie said...

Ahh man now I want to go to an amusement park sans kids! What a fab idea. Last Friday hubs and I had planned on going for FroYo and he surprised me with going out for pie instead. A nice sit down place and no kids.

July 26, 2010 at 7:02 PM  
Blogger Karen Mortensen said...

I don't really have anything special. I just like being with him. I really enjoy going to Costco with him.

July 26, 2010 at 7:25 PM  
Blogger Adrienne said...

Alone time is very important....HB and I will simply just sleep in and *snuggle* for a long time on Saturdays when Tyler is at his dads.

July 26, 2010 at 8:56 PM  
Blogger Brandi said...

We like movies (when I can con my mom into watching the kids). Sometimes, my mom will watch the older two and we'll go grocery shopping together and just take the baby with us. He's not much on talking yet, so it's almost like we're alone. Uninterrupted conversation is rare. :)

July 26, 2010 at 10:40 PM  
Blogger adrienzgirl said...

BDC and I are big Foodies. We find obscure places to go and eat. We will have a couple of drinks at the bar right near the movie theater we like to go to after dinner. We sit at the bar and make up stories (outlandish over the top stories) about the other patrons. It's sort of a one up competition of sorts. We both try to outdo the other on how insane the stories can get. It's soooooo much fun.

July 26, 2010 at 11:29 PM  
Blogger Alexandra said...

What a sweet idea, I'm going to find out more about this.

We like to take the portable dvd player and sit in bed with pj's on and watch a movie after all three boys are in bed. It's cozy, comfortable, and we laugh...very cheap, very relaxing...

July 26, 2010 at 11:57 PM  
Blogger Michelle @Flying Giggles said...

Roller coasters are so much fun! We love them too, but we love going dirtbike riding together. We take the family camping, but the kids stay back at camp with my mom while we go riding. It is so much fun and we totally connect during our pit stops. It is what really brought us together and I think it is what will keep us together.

July 27, 2010 at 2:11 AM  
Blogger An Imperfect Momma said...

Awwwww....so cool. Hubby & I used to do that too. Now? It's sneaking off to a movie or renting a video

July 27, 2010 at 8:41 AM  
Blogger Daisygirl said...

How fricken fun!!!! I now want to go to an amusement park with my hubby....just so we can make out on a roller coaster actually! ;)

I think its fabulous to have a date where you can be kids again!

I hope your computer gets fixed!!!

July 27, 2010 at 11:50 AM  
Blogger Helena said...

Aw, thats a great date idea. I live about 2 minutes from Kennywood, and I've been eying it every time I drive past.

We love going to the Southside or Squirrel Hill, and walking around in the early evening before the little shops have closed. After we've explored the shops, we find someplace to eat dinner (I love trying ethnic food in little family owned restaurants), and then maybe a little ice cream shop. That's my very favorite date.

July 27, 2010 at 1:37 PM  
Blogger Messy Mommy said...

Oh my this is so crazy that you posted this because I FINALLY scheduled a weekend getaway with Hubby and I was planning on going to the amusement park we go to almost every summer. Pretty sure the only time we've missed is when I've been pregnant. BUT HE DIDN'T WANT TO GO! Said he had enough of that one (and there aren't any others around here.) It ended up working out though. I made some other awesome plans. I seriously think the last time we had true alone time was over a year ago. PATHETIC! I agree, it's essential, which is probably why I've been wanting to rip his head off with my bare hands lately.

July 27, 2010 at 6:41 PM  
Blogger natalee said...

sooo cool...i swear my favorite thing to do with my hubby is go to a meal at a restaurant that doesnt have a kiddie menu...lol

July 27, 2010 at 7:34 PM  
Blogger Licia said...

Oh, I love this. It's like being kids again! We sometimes go to the park on our own and just sit around or get on the swings and it's just so relaxing. You are right, couple time avoids cranky time BIG TIME.
I am stopping by from the Lady Bloggers. It's my first time here and I am enjoying your blog very much.

July 30, 2010 at 12:10 PM  

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